backpedal


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backpedal

To quickly and often abruptly reverse or retreat from one's position or opinion on a given subject. Refers to pedaling backwards on a bicycle (done to apply the brakes on fixed-gear bikes), or to taking quick, backward steps, as in football or boxing. The actor had to backpedal when he let slip a racist remark during the press conference.
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On the coach's command the defensive back will start his backpedal, using good technique.
On the coach's command, the defensive back will start his backpedal.
Do not be high when initiating backpedal steps or turning out of your backpedal.
If the safeties get a run read on the snap they will backpedal and then slide three steps to the outside.
Sprint to Cone 2, shuffle to Cone 3, backpedal to Cone 4, and shuffle back to Cone 1.
Backpedal to the top of Cone 2, sprint to the bottom of Cone 3, and repeat the sequence until finished.
Yesterday, we were treated to another in a series of backpedals, when the Associated Press corrected a caption to the heartbreaking picture above, which faulted an Israeli air strike for killing the infant son of a BBC reporter during Israel's Operation Pillar of Defense last November.